Events calendar

Jul
21
Sat
Bioblitz @ Cae Lynden Reserve,
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Bumblebee Identification for Beginners @ RSPB Insh Marshes Nature Reserve
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for a fun beginner’s course where we will cover the identification of our most common bumblebee species and introduce the ecology, lifecycle and conservation of these iconic beasties. We might even find scarce Bilberry bumblebee! This is a free event, donations are welcome.

What will you need: a packed lunch and suitable shoes for a short walk. If you have a hand lens or ID guide then do bring them along.

Advance booking is required using our online booking form.

Sheldon Day 2018 @ @ Sheldon Village, near Bakewell
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A traditional village fete with sideshows, brass band, steam engines, donkey rides, vintage cars, magic show, canine circus, produce show, great ball race – and so much more!

Including, of course, a bumblebee stall and bumblebee walk for all the family. One of the highlights of our local Pollinating the Peak project’s year!

For further details and entry forms visit www.sheldonvillage.org.uk

Free event – car parking at top of village only (donations)

Bumblebee Safari! @ Lytes Cary Manor, Somerset
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join one of our volunteers, John Butler, for a guided walk around the National Trust’s Lytes Cary estate. We will catch and look at the different bumblebee species up close, learning how to identify each species, and try to find the rare Shrill Carder Bumblebee. Each safari will last about 90 minutes.

Meet at reception at Lytes Cary Manor. For directions click here.

The safari around the estate is free but donations to Bumblebee Conservation Trust are always welcome. Please book via the National Trust, by phone on 01458 224471, or email lytescarymanor@nationaltrust.org.uk. If you would like to visit the house and gardens after the safari then normal National Trust admission charges will apply.

This event is suitable for adults and older children wearing outdoor clothing and footwear appropriate for rough field margins and long grass. The walk may be cancelled or delayed in the event of rain at the scheduled start time.

Jul
22
Sun
Intermediate Bumblebee Identification Course @ RSPB Insh Marshes nature reserve
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

This intermediate level course with Dr Richard Comont will cover the identification of all UK bumblebee species, including an in depth look at bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and conservation. Suitable for persons who can already identify the Big Six species. What will you need: a packed lunch and suitable shoes for a short walk. If you have a hand lens or ID guide then do bring them along.

Advance booking is essential using our online booking form.

Jul
24
Tue
Bumblebee Blitz @ Newtonmore Adventure Centre
Jul 24 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you keen naturalist, passionate about your local area? Do you have an interest in bumblebees, either as a competent identifier or a beginner?

We want you! We need to find and record what bees are where and what flowers they are feeding on, at a number of locations in the Cairngorms. This will be very helpful to our conservation efforts, and a great chance for you to meet like-minded people in your area.

We’ll meet at 1.30pm at the Newtonmore Adventure Centre to co-ordinate surveys, then disperse in small groups to the locations we need to survey. We’ll return at 4.30pm to compare what we’ve found. If you have a net and a hand lens, please bring it (these will be also available on the day to borrow).

Please email katy.malone@bumblebeeconservation.org for more information or to let us know you’d like to come, as this will help with planning the day.

Jul
27
Fri
Bumblebee Blitz in Caithness @ Seadrift Centre, Caithness
Jul 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Are you keen naturalist, passionate about your local area? Do you have a strong interest in bumblebees?

We want you! We need to find and record what bees are where, what flowers they are feeding on, and what flowers are available for them to feed on at a number of locations in Caithness. This will be very helpful to our conservation efforts, especially if we are able to find any Great yellow bumblebees!

We’ll meet at 10.30am at the Seadrift Centre car park to co-ordinate surveys, then disperse to the locations we need to survey. We’ll return at 12.30pm to compare what we’ve found. If you have a net and a hand lens, please bring it (more will be available on the day to borrow).

Jul
28
Sat
Pollinator Training Day @ Gilfach Nature Reserve, Gilfach
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

An informal day when you can come along and learn more about Pollinators. We will be doing the Big Butterfly Count, looking at Bumblebees and you can get lots of tips of how to help look after bees.

Advance booking is essentail, please email barbara@rwtwales.org for a place.

Jul
30
Mon
Buzzing Farms – how to help pollinators in the farmed landscape @ Ulbster Arms Hotel,
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 2:45 pm

Pollinating insects such as bumblebees are an essential part of our countryside, but they are in decline. Farm management is an important part of how we can support thriving populations of beneficial insects for future generations. Speakers from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Farm Advisory Service and RSPB will tell us how to encourage beneficial insects on farms and crofts. If SRDP-AECS is available in 2019 we can talk about which options are best for bees.

The day will be a mixture of talks, a field session at a local farm and group discussion. There will be plenty of time for questions with a panel of experts on hand to help. Topics of talks include:

· Practical management which helps pollinators

· What good landscapes for pollinators look like

· No-cost/low-cost options to use outside of SRDP-AECS

This is a free event. Lunch is included so booking is essential for catering. Please email katy.malone@bumblebeeconservation.org for information or to book your place.

Jul
31
Tue
Superhero Picnic in the Park @ Markeaton Park, Derby
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Meet our favourite superhero – the Bilberry bumblebee – dress like a bumblebee and have a go at activities based on bumblebee super powers! Join the Pollinating the Peak team to find out how the humble bumble is a secret superhero!

An amazing superhero event on Derby parks – attractions vary at each park but will include sports and craft activities, emergency services, gym try out sessions, golf try it sessions, face painting, Derby County in the Community, pond dipping and much more.

All you need to do to take part in the fun is dress up like a superhero, bring a picnic and enjoy the activities. Prizes will be given to the best dressed superhero.

https://www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/superhero-picnic-in-the-park3/

Free event – no booking required

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